Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?How could I not include this 1994 comedy gem in my “Forever Rewatchable” movies? As with any of the movies I like to focus on in these posts, quotability seems to be a must. Dumb and Dumber, directed by the Farrelly Brothers, almost dares you not to quote the film while viewing. Side note: This acts as a Sunday Levity post as well.
I’m pretty sure I saw Dumb and Dumber in the mid-90s at my aunt and uncle’s. It was not a movie my parents would have condoned so it’s very likely I saw it while hanging out with my cousin or other friends. At that time, it had what I needed to be entertained, introducing me to more adult humor than I was accustomed with. There was enough silliness that a teenager could be entertained but the older I get, the more I appreciate the comedy overall in the film.
As with Tommy Boy, this is a road trip adventure and serves up an awesome blend of wit and physical comedy. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels embody the dim duo, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. Down and out of luck having lost their jobs on the same day (how convenient), they set out to return a lost briefcase to Lloyd’s last client, Mary…eh, starts with an “S”. Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? (checks the briefcase) Samsonite! I was way off. Anyway, as he drove her to the airport he sees that she left a briefcase in the terminal. Lloyd retrieves it but unbeknownst to him and Harry, they actually have in their possession ransom money for Mary’s husband.
The plot is simple and filled with hilarious situations. Jim Carrey steals the movie throughout but that doesn’t mean Jeff Daniels fails to keep up. Known more for his dramatic roles, Daniels has a sweetness and charm that plays perfectly against Carrey’s selfish stupidity (think about it; he’s pretty much all about himself). Throw in a great 90s soundtrack of songs you’ve never heard of and memorable supporting characters and Dumb and Dumber doesn’t disappoint.The legacy of Dumb and Dumber can be found in any number of clips and memes. Enjoy!